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the pentagon is what you wrote. >> and on the country. i was meeting with a group of congressmen in the course of the discussion they were worried about the social security lock box. which we had forgotten today. >> sean: there is no lock box. >> that's my point. they were worried about the political arguments that would be used against them if they increased the defense budget. i made the comment at some point we've found some terrible event occurs and people will recognize the importance of being willing to make the kinds of investments and expenditures on defense
information. he discusses pentagon spending as well as congressional oversight of the military budget. >> winslow wheeler, director of the straus military reform project at the center for defense information, if there is a new book coming out in a few weeks call the "pentagon a labyrinth." what is it? >> it is a 150-page guide to the pentagon. their art and authors. each of us pick out a subject area that we had 30 or 40 years of experience in. some of the essays are truly extraordinary to give people an insight beyond the superficiality of how the pentagon operates and how to cope with it and how to understand what is doing. in the struggle --in the struggle to find a title, i quickly rejected the "pentagon for dummies" title. and i asked some others if i -- the missing manual series, if they could steal their title, and they said no. we settled on "the pentagon labyrinth." the distortions and bales that the pentagon uses to hide what they are actually doing. >> why are you doing this? >> i think our system is breaking down. the system of checks and balances is not operating properly
i'm going out now in the struggle to find a title, i quickly rejected the "pentagon for dummies" title. and i asked some others if i could steal their title, and they said no. we settled on "the pentagon labyrinth." >> why are you doing this? >> i think our system is breaking down. the system of checks and balances is not operating properly. i worked on the hill for 20 years, and congress has three essential powers, the power to go to war, the power of the purse, and the power to investigate. the first two powers, to go to war and of the purse, are meaningless if congress does not exercise the power to investigate, and it is not doing that. it is doing a lousy job. it is actually trying to not investigate things, and that was my motivation. others who contributed to this have been observing the pentagon's system from the inside or the military services from the inside and are very disturbed, concerned, worried about what they are seeing and are trying to educate a new generation of people to cope with the problems we have, to understands the problems we have, and to find ways to
pentagon spending as well as congressional oversight of the military budget. >> winslow wheeler, director of the strauss military reform project, there is a new book coming out in a couple of days called "the pentagon collaborate." >> it is a 150-page guide to the pentagon. it is an anthology. there are 10 offers. authors. we picked areas we have experience in. i can boast and say they are truly extraordinary essayist to give people an insight beyond the superficiality of how the pentagon operates and how to cope with it and how to understand what it is doing. in the struggle to find -- in the struggle to find a title, i quickly rejected the "pentagon for dummies" title. and i asked some others if i could steal their title, and they said no. we settled on "the pentagon labyrinth." >> why are you doing this? >> i think our system is breaking down. the system of checks and balances is not operating properly. i worked on the hill for 20 years, and congress has three essential powers, the power to go to war, the power of the purse, and the power to investigate. the first two powers, to go to
in the military file suit against the pentagon and speak out about the years they lived in fear. >> i was so terrified that, you know, i kept a knife under my pillow. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: good evening. we begin tonight with a look at how budget troubles in most of the 50 states are creating havoc for taxpayers and lawmakers. in all, 46 states are projecting budget shortfalls from 2% in indiana to 45% in nevada. tonight, wisconsin, with an expected shortfall of almost 13%, remains in the spotlight, locked in a battle over budgets, politics, and labor. cynthia bowers joins us from the state capitol of madison, wisconsin, with the very latest. >> reporter: good evening, russ. raucous crowd today swelled to an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 as for the first time prounion protesters remember joined by conservative activists who say they recognize they are in the minority out here but say they have the majority where it counts, and that's with lawmakers. today, union supporters vied for space with conservative activists who say it'
at the pentagon. an eye-opening surprising interview starts right now. >>> good evening, everyone. aisle bill weir. every war has its own signature images and when it comes to iraq and afghanistan, the sight and sound of donald rumsfeld at the pentagon podium is woven into american history. his defiant management of those wars made the former secretary of defense one of the most polarizing political figures of the post-9/11 age but in this his first television interview since 2006 you will see donald rumsfeld as never before. he reveals a tender side and valuable insight into the decisions that have so many young americans still in harm's way tonight. here with the world exclusive is diane sawyer. >> i've answered that question 15 times. >> reporter: formidable, combative. >> if they said what you said you said -- >> reporter: the title of his memoir "known and unknown" is based on one of his famous lectures to a confounded press. >> as we know, there are known knowns. there are things we know we know. we also know there are known unknowns, that is to say, we know there are some things we do not k
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: by its own reckoning, the pentagon receives nine reports of sexual assault in the military every day. this week, its response to these assaults came under fire in court. and that's tonight's "weekend journal." a lawsuit by a group of victims who aim to hold the pentagon to account. >> awareness is pain and that's definitely the case in this situation. glooch kori cioca is very aware of the military's problem with sexual assault. she was 20 years old when she was volunteered for the coast guard. >> i was there to serve my country, but i was a target. i was under friendly fire. >> reporter: she said commanders at her michigan base turned a blind eye by harassment from one superior officer who made constant sexual advanced. >> i was so terrified i kept a knife under my pillow. >> reporter: she said that officer pulled her into his cab and i know raped her in december 2005. >> i live in pain every day. >> mitchell: she is now the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed this week by 16 victims of sexual abuse in the military. they accuse defense secretary robert gates and his predecessor, donal
on jets which the pentagon said it doesn't need or want, the move is being called a victory for the president in high stakes budget battle. for more on that, we go to nbc's kristin dahlgren. good morning to you. >> good morning, lynn. many tea party backed house republican freshmen and president obama were on the same side on this one. the house voted to reject a $450 million program for an alternative engine for the pentagon's next generation war plane, the f-35. it's the costliest weapons program in u.s. history. the pentagon has called it an unaffordable luxury. many house new commerce went against leadership and cut the program. this one is causing a lot of talk in washington that a senate hearing said if captured, the administration would likely send osama bin laden to guantanamo bay. after the hearing, a cia spokesman tried to clarify saying policymakers would make that decision. >> thanks so much. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in mississippi, with one student had a rough day at his new school when he was ats tacked by four
. >> now a look at what could become the pentagon's newest weapon, the hummingbird. we have seen what the unmanned drone aircraft can do. now a robotic bird that can hover without the enemy knowing. >> this hummingbird won't be landing on your backyard bird feeder. it's the nano hummingbird, pocket sized drone and could soon be a powerful weapon for the pentagon. >> the first aircraft developed that flies with two flapping wings. >> watch the box on the upper left. the bird flops its wings. the bird becomes a sort of bond. sprying -- spying at its. i the pentagon spent $4 million so far building these birds that can fly forward, backward, hover, land on a phoneline, cableline, all by remote control, watching over someone without them knowing. they're far smaller and more discrease than the droans used by the pentagon and cia. earlier this year, our exclusive look from the air force base in california as they operated the drone 8,000 miles away in afghanistan. we met with the teams behind each drone. the obvious difference, those droans carry missiles, he hummingbirds cannot. but it ca
now. >>shepard: the news begins anew. on "studio b" and today, a stern warning from the pentagon over cuts to the defense budget. why secretary gates says it could lead to "tragic consequences." here we go. box two, new details on illness reportedly sweeping through the playboy mansion and there are more people who are sick today. and in box three, she is the first of her breed to win the most important dog show in the important, the top dog, and as they do each and every year, they will be live on "studio b" the afternoon after the night before, "best in show," from westminster kennel club and breaking news will not change that until it's really big on "studio b" but first from new york, a serious story. one that was breaking on fox report last evening. now there is a manhunt for a killer after a rare and deadly attack on american agents in mexico. this is u.s. immigration and customs enforcement or i.c.e. special agent. president obama called his parents saying their son served the united states admirably. he and a second unidentified agent were traveling in an s.u.v. between mexico
.s. senators to get funding for the war. our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski, has our report. >> reporter: the explosive charge in an article for "rolling stone" claims the u.s. army illegally ordered soldiers in psychological operations to manipulate american senators into providing more support for the afghanistan war. >> 4:59 a.m. >> lieutenant general william caldwell, in charge of training afghan troops, was seeking more money and american soldiers to to target lawmakers with a propaganda campaign filled with favorable news on the training and the war to win their votes. but using psychological operations against any americans is illegal under any circumstances. lieutenant colonel michael holmes of the army national guard told nbc news he refused to follow the order. >> we weren't going to do it. we just flat out drew a line in the sand and said we're not going to do this. this is illegal flatly. >> reporter: the information campaign was reportedly aimed at the senate leaders in military affairs. senators john mccain, carl levin and jack reed, even joint chiefs chairman
filed a lawsuit charging the pentagon turned a blind eye after they reported being sexually assaulted and harassed by fellow service members while on active duty. >> oftentimes it is commanders who are complicit in the coverups of these cases. >> reporter: in 2009 there were more than 3,200 reported sexual assaults in the military. but the pentagon itself says most go unreported, and fewer than one fourth are ever prosecuted. kay whitley runs the pentagon sexual assault prevention and response office p.m. >> sexual assault has no place in our armed forces, that's why the department is committed to programs that focus on preventing the crime from ever occurring. >> reporter: sarah was a corporal at camp pendleton in 2006. after a night of drinking in the barracks, she says a superior officer climbed into the bed where she was sleeping and forced himself on her. >> i was kind of panicked. i didn't say anything. >> reporter: after reporting the incident, she said she was still forced to work in the same office as her assailant. >> i was told i needed to suck it up until the end of the in
to the pentagon, the state department, the justice department, and others. but, at the same time, the budget calls for spending increases on veterans affairs, transportation, education, and the department of commerce. today, the president claimed the new budget will help chip away at our massive $1.65 trillion deficit. >> we do this by eliminating waste and cutting whatever spending we can do without. as i start, as a start i have called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years. this freeze would cut the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade bringing domestic discretionary spending to the lowest share of our economy since dwight eisenhower was president. >>shepard: that is discretionary spending. what about the important things that can really dig into the budget deficit. things like medicare and medicaid? social security? and pentagon? as you might expect on those matters and others critics are out arguing that many of the cuts are not deep enough and this budget could make it worse. and now to fox coverage with more from carl. our man mike at the white h
. the pentagon confirms that four americans kidnapped by somali pirates are killed at the hands of their captors. >>> in new zealand, devastation after a powerful earthquake strikes in the middle of a busy wo workday. 65 people known dead, scores more believed trapped in the rubble. >>> plus, one-on-one with donald rumsfeld field. he is here to answer questions about iraq an much more. good day. we begin with the powerful earthquake that struck new zealand today. 65 dead after the 6.3 quake toppled homes, multistory buildings, a stone cathedral. we're now hearing that officials are finding more dead in those collapsed buildings. search and rescue teams have pulled more than 120 people from ruins of christchurch, but around 100 are still believed to be trapped in the rubble. the state department announced it is sending response teams to help. >>> admiral thad allen joins me by phone from christchurch. you were there with a team. tell us what is going on? what did you experience? >> first of all, we were evacuated last night so i'm calling from wellington. we were in christchurch to talk about par
years after leaving public life addressing questions of two wars started during his time at the pentagon. wars courageous men and women are still fighting today. he has written a new book and it makes his case that any perception of american weakness emboldens enemies and even though he has been out of office four years at 78 he still has volcanic energy and the demanding style reminiscent of those famous pentagon duels with the press. >> i've answered that question 15 times. >> i don't have any idea who said what they said what you said or what you said they said although i'm quite sure you think you think they said what you said. >> reporter: the title "known and unknown" is based on one of his famous lectures to a confounded press. >> as we are known knowns. there are things we know we know. we also know there are known unknowns that is to say we know there's some things we do not know. but there are unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know. >> you were on "saturday night live." >> no, i wasn't. >> well -- >> not physically. >> remember what i said about your question th
male ] fizz, fizz. >>> tonight, a look at what soon could become the pentagon's newest weapon, the hummingbird. we've already seen what drones can do. now comes a robotic bird that can hover without the enemy ever knowing. this bird won't be landing on your bird feeder. its flight path could one day take it overseas. it's called the nanohummer bird, a pocket-sized drone, and it could soon be a powerful weapon for the pentagon. >> this is the first aircraft that has been developed that flies with two flapping wings. >> watch the box on the upper left as the bird takes flight outdoors, flapping its robotic wings. what it sees the pentagon will see, powered by batteries, the bird becomes a sort of bomb. spying as it flies. indoors, what would appear to be a rogue hummingbird is really an agent with better than a bird's eye view, a 360-degree view. the pentagon has spend about $400 million building the birds. they can fly forward, backward, hover, land on a phone line, a cable line. all by remote control, watching over them without anyone knowing. they're far smaller and more disc
] plop, plop. [ high male ] fizz, fizz. >>> tonight, a look at what soon could become the pentagon's newest weapon, the hummingbird. we've already seen what drones can do. now comes a robotic bird that can hover without the enemy ever knowing. this bird won't be landing on your bird feeder. its flight path could one day take it overseas. it's called the nanohummer bird, a pocket-sized drone, and it could soon be a powerful weapon for the pentagon. >> this is the first aircraft that has been developed that flies with two flapping wings. >> watch the box on the upper left as the bird takes flight outdoors, flapping its robotic wings. what it sees the pentagon will see, powered by batteries, the bird becomes a sort of bomb. spying as it flies. indoors, what would appear to be a rogue hummingbird is really an agent with better than a bird's eye view, a 360-degree view. the pentagon has spend about $400 million building the birds. they can fly forward, backward, hover, land on a phone line, a cable line. all by remote control, watching over them without anyone knowing. they're far small
the regime. top officials say all openings are on the table as the pentagon announces they are repositioning united states military forces around libya. more on that in a minute but, first, this is happening on the ground. that is amateur vehicle showing people toppling a monument to muammar qaddafi. in a city here the border with tunisia where there are reports antimuammar qaddafi rebels have taken control. the opposition is growing today and organizing more thoroughly today and the u.s. is ready to help today, they say. as the qaddafi pressure mounts qaddafi is defiant. in tripoli the government is handing out cash in an attempt to bribe the people into stopping the unrest. qaddafi's son is going on state television saying "everything is fine, we're going to be victorious." whatever that is. qaddafi in an interview with abc denying he used force against his people. and we have coverage now, and our national security correspondent at the pentagon on how the military is responding. and now right to the fox report's chief correspondent jonathan hunt steaming from the border with tunisia. neit
to warm up and have your forecast next. >> and still ahead, a look at what can be become the pentagon's newest weapon. a drone of a different kind. >> plus, san francisco celebrated chinese new year with a parade through the streets, but in china it was a differenen >> welcome back to abc 7 news. the a live picture, a sweeping view of the bay, blue water, blue skies, one of the reasons for folks back east are really, really jealous of us right now. a gorgeous day in store for this three-day holiday weekend, and if you have a chance to get out there, get out there because it will be a little chilly, but you won't have to deal with umbrellas and other type of rain gear for is sometime. look at that, fantastic, mostly clear clouds, a little fog here and there, but that's part of the territory. look at what could soon become the pentagon's newest weapon, the hummingbird. we've seen what the unmanned drone aircraft can do. and now a robotic bird that can hover without the enemy knowing. here is abc. >> this hummingbird won't soon be landing on the back yard bird feeder and the flight path
on "this week in defense news." the pentagon's chief investment technology officer talks about future in >>> welcome to "this week in defense news." i'm vago muradia. military air power has changed a lot over the past decade of constant combat. what do these changes tell us about its future? we'll hear from one top expert. but, first, fielding the world's most capable military doesn't come easy or cheap. it stems in part from $80 billion the pentagon invests each year on research, development, science, technology and engineering. investment ranges from basic research to applied development in such fields at biotech and nano technologies, super computing and newer materials and propulsion and energy efficiency. joining us today to tell us about the future of american technology and how america can maintain its innovative edge in technology world is the man who is shaping that investment future, the director of defense research and engineering who is the pentagon's chief technologist officer. thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> let's start off with the war. one of the top priorit
that we put out what we thought was the right record of. >> at a pentagon official saying by all measures and they think boeing won fair and square. >> i think that we have a proven platform that is been proved over the years in terms of a commercial aircraftlatfm.. >> and let the people said your competitive tatanker was bigr. >> again, knocking down into the weeds, but we thought hours was more efficient, more effective, and lower costo operate in the long term. it incorporated newer technology frorom our newt commercial aircraft as well as some real innovations in boom technology. this is a modern airircraf their response to theesires of the war fighter. we answered their requirements. >> a lot of people very upset and crying foul as well as erse. le me read a quote. if youollow the political back and forth, you are left with a bitter aftftertaste. people were taking stock of which aircraft was the most american, which is a new category in this type of competition. do you expect them to appeal this decision? >> iannot comment on that. that is going to be up to them. everybody wishes po
the situation stands tonight. plus, could this tiny device be the pentagon's new secret weapon? and in the scam that uses facebook >> the toll is rising in libya after an unprecedented protest there. nearly 100 people are dead. at least 15 people were shot today in a violent crackdown by the government. there is growing opposition to longtime leader khaddafi. a rally is planned for tomorrow. a high-tech yacht carrying an american couple is expected to arrive in somalia tomorrow. jean and scott adams have been sailing around the world for more than six years, handing out thousands of bibles to people. the government is assessing the situation in determining what to do next. >>> a look at what has become the pentagon's newest weapon, a robotic hummingbird. it is a pocket-sized groaned that can hover without the enemy ever knowing. -- a pocket-sized drone. the pentagon has been $4 million building these birds and hope that it can become a reliable and unsuspecting by in the sky. >>> the house budget bill that was slashed -- that would slash spending for hundreds of programs is far from a done deal
today to let the pentagon continue to use taxpayer money to sponsor a race team. a minnesota democrat proposed ending the practice. the defense department spends about 7 million a year to sponsor that nascar team. the army says it's a major part of recruiting efforts. >>> following a developing story overseas, somali pirates reportedly hijacked a yacht with four americans on board. shawn yancy is here everywhere at 11:00. >> somali's u.n. mission say pirates hijacked the yacht in the indian ocean today. look at this picture of the owners, jean and scott adams standing by their investment. they've been sailing around the world since december, 2004, no word of the identities of the other two americans on board. >>> new details about the deadly shooting spree in tucson. internal city memos claim a veteran firefighter refused to respond to the scene according to the arizona daily star. that firefighter whose unit was dispatched 90 minute after the shooting said he refused because he had different political beliefs than his colleagues. the 22ier veteran retired days later. >>> -- 22 year v
clear as a bell and sparkling out there this morning. we'll look what's going to become the pentagon's newest weapon, the hummingbird. we've seen what those unmanned drone aircraft can do but now a robotic bird that can hover without the enemy knowing. >> this hummingbird won't soon be landing on your backyard bird feeder. it could be taken overseas. a nanohummingbird, a pocket-size drone and could soon be a powerful weapon for the pentagon. >> this is the first aircraft that's been developed that flies with two flappy wings. >> watch the box on the upper left as it takes flight outdoors flapping its wings. what it sees, the pentagon sees. the bird becomes a sort of bond, spying as it flies. it's really an agent with better than a bird's-eye view of 360 view. pentagon spent about $4 million so far building these birds. they can fly forward, backward, they can whoever. enter a fine line, cable line watching over someone without them ever knowing. they are far smaller and more discreet than the drones used by the pentagon and the c.i.a. earlier this year an exclusive look as they opera
on this sunday morning. now, a look what could become soon the pentagon's newest weapon. it's a hummingbird. we've already seen what those unmanned drone aircraft can do. now the robotic bird that can hover without anybody knowing. >> this hummingbird won't soon be landing on your backdoor feeder. it could be taken overseas. it's a pocket-size drone and could soon be a powerful weapon for the pentagon. >> this is the first aircraft that's been developed that flies with two flappy wings. >> the bird takes flight outdoors and seeing what it sees, the pentagon will see. the bird becomes a sort of bond spying as it flows. indoors it's really an agent with better than a bird's-eye view, a 360 degree view. the pentagon spent $4 million so far to build these birds. they can fly forward, backward, hover all by remote control watching over someone without them ever knowing. they're far smarter and more discreet than those drones used bit pentagon and c.i.a. an exclusive look from that base in california as they operate it over afghanistan. we bet with two-man teams, the obvious difference, those drones
military responded by failing to protect them. now, they're suing the pentagon to force the military to change the way it handles these cases. corey choca still has nightmares over what happened five years ago when she was in the coast guard. >> long story short, i was raped. >> reporter: it was the second time she'd been attacked. she says the same man broke her jaw a month earlier. >> when i told my command, they waited. they didn't do anything to help me. >> reporter: choca and 13 other veterans are now suing the pentagon claiming too many service members get away with sex crimes and their victims are forced to serve right alongside them. >> after they have been victimized by the criminals who raped them, they were further victimized by the institutions to which they had sworn an oath of allegiance. >> reporter: the suit claims the pentagon gives field commanders too much power when it comes to handling rape and sexual abuse allegations. >> to think that your boss can adjudicate a complaint, a criminal complaint, between his two employees. >> reporter: the federal class action sui
's perspective and the challenges of cutting pentagon spending. plus, mexico's bloody drug battle. but first, the other news of the day. here's hari sreenivasan. >> reporter: israel warned today that iran is about to send two warships through the suez canal to syria. it is the first time that has happened since iran's revolution in 1979. the israeli foreign minister called it a provocation, and he said israel cannot ignore such acts forever. the egyptian body that oversees the suez canal denied the israeli claim. republicans in the u.s. house forged ahead with plans for major spending cuts today in the wake of a veto threat. they've proposed a reduction of $61 billion in the current fiscal year from law enforcement to education programs. at the white house, the new press secretary, jay carney, stopped short of repeating yesterday's veto warning. >> the president has made clear that he doesn't... we cannot support arbitrary or irresponsible or deep cuts that undermine our ability to grow the economy or create jobs in the future or harm our national security or other essential functions of gov
. >> no doubt. i've e-mailed the pentagon this morning for a response. i have not yet gotten one. we'll update you. let's start with the news. rolling stone magazine is saying that the u.s. army illegally ordered a team of soldiers to manipulate american senators to provide more troops and funding for the war in afghanistan. the orders reportedly came from a three star general, general william caldwell. and according to "rolling stone" when the army unit, which specializes in psychological operations, resisted the order, arguing that it was against the law, it was subjected to a campaign of retaliation. and among the reported list of targeted visitors were senators mccain, lieberman, reed, franken, levin, steve israel and mike mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs. a spokesperson for caldwell denies the allegations that the troops were used to influence distinguished visitors. the executive editor of "rolling stone" will join us later on the set of "morning joe." joe, what do you think of this story? >> you know, it comes as republican front-runner mike huckabee is starting to express conce
the budget and veronica mentioned the $78 billion that will be cut over the next five years. the pentagon could be entering crisis mode when it comes to its own budget because of those numbers. our jim miklaszewski is looking into what this could mean for the budget. jim? >> after seeing substantial rises in the defense budget for the last 14 years, it sounds like people up on capitol hill are for the first time getting serious about potentially cutting the budget, even in the midst of the afghanistan war and other rising threats according to pentagon and military officials. but i can tell you right now, the congress and the pentagon are going through the annual kabuki dance of trying to get money under a continuing resolution, not for the 2012 budget, for the 2011 budget, the budget that they're currently in. and right now the pentagon is looking at a potential shortfall of $26 billion which would cut back, according to military officials, on some badly needed weapons programs and some benefits for the military forces. now, the big problem here, of course, is anytime that the pentagon or
's what he forgets that whiling the pentagon was still smoldering that day it was rumsfeld himself who was targeted saddam hussein despite the fact that iraq didn't attack us. tonight we play rummy. while republicans wanted to run, president obama seems to be launching his re-election campaign, today he hit two points republicans love to question, his christianity and winning the future. guess who suddenly is looking stronger for 2012. let me finish with glenn beck's cracker barrel crack up. let me start with the situation in egypt. joining me on the phone in cairo is nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel. richard, what do we make of this call for trials of president mubarak and people like vice president omar suleiman? >> reporter: the call for trials for the people he believes is instigating. >> no, actually we got a report tonight that one of the strategists described as such with news eliminate brotherhood who is over in italy is saying that that's one of the goals of the revolution. to put the president mubarak on trial and other egyptian officials. is this overwritte
of a spy movie and may soon be the pentagon's latest weapon. it's part drone and, get this, part hummingbird. >> it's a tiny robot with a wingspan of 6 1/2 inches equipped with a camera. so small, the enemy never even sees it. david muir reports. >> reporter: this hummingbird won't soon be landing on your backyard bird feeder. the flight path could take it overseas, a nano hummingbird, a pocket-sized drone and could be a powerful weapon for the pentagon. >> this is the first aircraft that's been developed that flies with two flapping wings. >> reporter: watch the box in the upper left as the bird takes flight outdoors, flapping its robotic wings, what it sees the pentagon will see. powered by batteries, the bird becomes a sort of bond. spying as it flies. indoors what would appear to be an incoming bird is an agent with a better than a bird's-eye view, a 360-degree view. pentagon has spent about $4 million so far building these birds that can fly forward and backward, hover, land on a phone line, a cable line, all by remote control. watching over someone without them every knowin
, for medicaid. cut pentagon spending. this is not hard. everybody knows what we do. you were there. i was stunned that this congressman, like an awful lot of republican freshmen who talk tough when you're talking about taking heating subsidies away from poor people, have nothing to say on social security medicaid or medicare spending. >> we don't want to just pick on congressman schilling. but he is representative -- >> where is the tea party right now? why is rand paul the only one out there telling the truth? >> it's an amazing thing. they won the election without being specific. now would be the time to be specific. >> they promised to come forward with ideas. in the least it would have been easy for him to say, of course, here things we need to consider on social security. >> i always give the marco rubio speech from florida. mika called you an international financier and man of mystery. >> i'd like to keep it that way. >> if you look at this like a small businessman as he says he is, this is not hard to look at the ledger over the next 20 years -- >> it's not hard to see bankrupt
on the cia and pentagon to explain why they failed to alert him to the unreliability of a key source behind claims of saddam hussein's bio-weapons capability." here is a quote. front page of "the guardian" newspaper out of london. we have a shortened "washington journal" today because the house is coming back in at 9:00 a.m. to work on the spending issues we've been talking about. we have two guests. matt thornberry, republican of texas will be here to talk about defense spending. coming up next, the president of the afl-cio, richard trumpka. we will be right back. >> both the youngest and oldest person to serve as u.s. defense secretary. >> if you had proximity to the president, you have an obligation to tell them the truth and what you really believe. people who do not have proximity simply do not want to do it. >> sunday, he will discuss his philosophy of presidential staff leadership, and address some of the critical and positive reviews on c-span's "q&a." >> i recognize there will be plenty of arguments in the months to come. everybody will have to give a little bit. when it comes to d
, was disappointed that there weren't some tougher proposals around pentagon spending. pentagon spending, not including the operations in afghanistan and iraq, just the background spending, has gone up by 50% over the last decade and i think we need to be looking towards a more sustainable level of pentagon spending. i also think there are some tougher proposals in terms of tax reform, that he could have embraced. i do think there are things in his budget proposal that i'm going to support, like making resent and development tax credit permanent. >> he did say $78 billion over 5 years. >> that's right. if you look at the reductions in pentagon spending in the president's proposal, it's just reducing the rate of growth in pentagon spending. there are a few key weapon system as it he would defund like the marine expeditionary vehicle. i think there are other things we need to do reduce operating expenses of our military and right size it for the sorts of threats that we face in what i agree is a dangerous world and we're we fleeds need to continu strengthen our ability to combat terrorism
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